Thursday, December 04, 2014
PESHAWAR (BNA) At least 18 Taliban militants were killed on Thursday during air strikes conducted by Pakistan Air Force fighter jets in the Dattakhel Tehsil of North Waziristan Agency.
Official sources told that at least 18 Taliban militants were killed after jets targetted their positions in the restive agency’s Madakhel area.
However, this information could not be independently verified as journalists have limited access to the war-torn region.
A day ago, military sources had said that 15 Taliban militants, including two key commanders from the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), were killed in precision airstrikes.
Today’s strikes were part of the military operation which is currently being carried out by the army in the tribal areas of North Waziristan and Khyber tribal regions, targeting local and foreign insurgents.
Pakistan’s semi-autonomous areas have long been a hideout for militants of all stripes — including TTP, Al Qaeda and other foreign fighters.
Jets and artillery began targeting rebel strongholds in North Waziristan in mid-June and ground forces moved in to the region on June 30. The army says it has killed more than 1,100 militants and lost more than 100 soldiers since Zarb-i-Azb, the military operation in North Waziristan, began.
Tuesday December 2, 2014
QUETTA (BNA) Adviser to Chief Minister on Education Sardar Raza Mohammad Barech narrowly escaped an explosion on Quetta's Joint Road on Tuesday.
Police said two people were wounded in the blast targeting Barech's vehicle. The injured were rushed to Civil Hospital Quetta for medical treatment.
Barech, who belongs to the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMap), is an elected legislator in the Balochistan Assembly. He and his driver remained unhurt in the explosion.
The blast smashed the glasses of Barech's vehicle who later told reporters that he "had no enmity with anyone".
The explosives, which were remotely-detonated, had been planted close to a wall on Joint Road.
"As soon Barech's vehicle approached the spot, the explosives went off with a big bang," said Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, who strongly condemned the incident and vowed to bring the perpetrators to book.
Bugti said there were no specific threats to the chief minister's adviser.
There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.
Tuesday December 2, 2014
PESHAWAR (BNA) At least 30 Taliban militants were killed on Tuesday during airstrikes conducted by military fighter jets in the Dattakhel area of North Waziristan tribal Agency.
Security sources said that 30 militants, including two key commanders and several foreign fighters, were killed in the blitz which was carried out in a jungle situated in Dattakhel.
Two vehicles were also destroyed in the strikes.
The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) confirmed the deaths of at least 17 suspected militants — many of whom were alleged to be foreign fighters.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
KARACHI (BNA) Senior JUI-F leader Khalid Mehmood Soomro was shot dead in Sukkur on Saturday.
The early morning attack took place when Soomro, who was the secretary general for the Sindh chapter of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Fazl), was leaving a mosque attached to a madrassah in Sukkur after offering Fajr prayers.
Armed men entered the area and opened fire at Soomro.
Soomro was in Sukkur to participate in a conference when the attack took place in the Khosa Goth area.
Soomro, who held important positions in his party, hailed from Sindh's Larkana region.
Soomro, who also represented his party in the Senate from 2006-2012, was attacked at least six times prior to Saturday's fatal one.
He leaves behind a widow, six sons and three daughters.
JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has escaped two fatal attacks on him in the recent years. Following the assassination of Soomro, the JUI-F chief said that the murder of his party's secretary general was an act of terrorism.
"The government should order and ensure a thorough investigation into the attack and punish those responsible," Fazl said.
The assassination was also condemned by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as well as Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain.
Apart from the attacks on Soomro and party chief Fazl, JUI-F leaders have been attacked, some of them fatally, during the past few years. In September this year, senior JUI-F activist Maulana Sajidullah was shot dead in Karachi's Pirabad area.
Meanwhile, in 2012, JUI-F leader and former nazim Haji Mohammad Azeem Khan was killed when gunmen attacked his pickup in Lakki Marwat.
In 2010, JUI-F leader Mir Metha Khan Jattak, who was associated with the Nasirabad district branch of his party was killed in an attack in Tambo tehsil.